Tuesday September 7, 2010 Group Stage: Group B Finished Aviva Stadium

Republic of Ireland 3 - 1 Andorra

  • Kilbane 15’
  • Doyle 41’
  • Keane 54’
  • Martinez 45’

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  1. Euro 2012 qual. - Ireland see off Andorra challenge

    Euro 2012 qual. - Ireland see off Andorra challenge

    The Republic of Ireland maintained their 100 per cent record in qualifying with a 3-1 win over Andorra at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Republic of Ireland
    • Andorra
    • 90'+3 PEEEP! PEEEEP! PEEEEEEEEEEEP!!!!!!!! That's it! The Republic of Ireland open up their Euro qualifying campaigning with two wins from their first two games for the very first time. The win this evening also puts Ireland top of Group B
    • 90+2' It really just about counting the seconds. Green and Kilbane exchange passes in midfield. Lawrence is fouled by Andorra - not the entire team, Xavi Andorra.
    • 90'+1 Ireland play keep ball. A lot of the crowd have already made the decision to leave early.
    • 90' Three minutes of added time.
    • 88' Not long now. Ireland just need to close this out. The big tests are to come but these smaller hurdles can be just as tricky. They've done well tonight.
    • 87' Bernaus, Gomez, Martinez. Good stuff from Andorra but it's broken up by Green. Kilbane raids forward, feeds McGeady who picks out Keogh but he takes a touch and is crowded out.
    • 86' SUB FOR ANDORRA: SONEJEE replaces PUJOL
    • 84' Ireland are coasting now and look good value for the lead. Another goal would help them no end.
    • 83' SUB FOR IRELAND: ANDREW KEOGH replaces KEVIN DOYLE
    • 81' Andorra threaten to break with Jimenez...but it's keep ball instead. But the ball drifts out of play....
    • 80' Kelly wins a corner on the right...but it's cleared...Kilbane back in but St Ledger fouls Lima.
    • 78' CHANCE FOR IRELAND!! Doyle lashes one across the face of goal but Sean St Ledger can't get on the end of it. Pity.
    • 77' Keane plays McGeady into the box and again he takes too long, turns into trouble and Pujol can clear...McGeady again. Into the box and again fails to pick out anyone in a green shirt.
    • 75' Given launches it forward and Doyle gets the free-kick 40 yards out. Will Gibson shoot? He does but the keeper gathers it quite easily.
    • 74' SUB FOR IRELAND: STEPHEN KELLY replaces JOHN O'SHEA
    • 73' It's turning into a bit of a training match now. Not good. Ireland need to up the tempo.
    • 71' Quick info on sub Xavi Andorra. He plays for Andorra, surname is Andorra and plays for...wait for it...FC Andorra. I thank you.
    • 70' SUB FOR ANDORRA: Andorra replaces Ayala
    • 68' Andorra are out of ideas but Ireland need to put them to bed.
    • 66' Ireland in total control now and McGeady skips down the left...back to Green, Gibson. Lawrence crosses and Silva looks to be all over Doyle but the ref says nothing. Harsh.
    • 65' Pujol comes down after a challenge with Lawrence and yet another Andorran screams as if they've been shot. It's not very manly.
    • 64' Gibson nicks it in midfield. Lawrence drives into the box and tries to chip it to the far post but it's cleared for a corner...which is cleared.
    • 62' Andorra have the free-kick 35 yards out. Pujol tried to play it to Jimenez inside the box but O'Shea snuffed out the danger. Good thing too.
    • 61' CAUTION: Richard Dunne of Ireland
    • 60' SUB FOR IRELAND: DARRON GIBSON replaces GLENN WHELAN
    • 58' SUB FOR ANDORRA: Jimenez replaces Moreno
    • 58' CAUTION FOR ANDORRA: Moreno booked for ungentlemanly conduct
    • 56' Ireland can run away with this if they get their heads down. That really was a lovely goal. Andorra have a free-kick on the right...Moreno sends it into the hands of Given.
    • 54' GOAL FOR IRELAND!!! Lovely goal from Robbie Keane. Great link-up play from McGeady, Lawrence and Doyle with McGeady playing Keane in and the Spurs striker lifted the ball over the onrushing keeper into the net.
    • 53' Group B update: FT Macedonia 2 Armenia 2 Group B table
    • 52' Ireland were obviously spoken to at half-time about their supply to the front. It's simpler now. But the crowd are getting impatient. It's still only a 2-1 lead.
    • 50' Trapattoni may look to freshen things up. Paul Green is looking a bit leggy and Whelan is still one caution away from suspension.
    • 49' Whelan sends McGeady clear down the left...and it's another awful cross from the Spartak Moscow winger.
    • 48' Given launches it forward...Doyle gets a touch and it nearly runs for Keane and McGeady but Andorra clear....who are defending very deep.
    • 46' Ireland have an early free-kick...after Lima's foul. It comes to nothing. Gomez fouls Green. Pressure from the off from those in green.
    • 46' We're back underway at the Aviva Stadium. No changes for either side.
    • 45'+2 HALF-TIME: REP of IRELAND 2 (Kilbane, Doyle) ANDORRA 1 (Martinez)
    • 45' Two minutes added time.
    • 44' GOAL FOR ANDORRA!!! Lovely goal from Christian Martinez. A long ball forward is headed down by the Irish defence and Martinez hits it on the half-volley from 20 yards and sends it into the top corner with Given well beaten. Game on.
    • 43' Lovely second goal for Ireland. That should really settle them, and the crowd. The word has gone out about the Andorran goalkeeper and Ireland are shooting from everywhere. Lawrence lets fly from 35 yards...over
    • 41' GOAL FOR IRELAND!!!! What a strike from Kevin Doyle!!! The forward wins the ball back from Bernaus on the corner of the box. Gets it out of his feet then sends a left-footed swerving effort into the top right-hand corner. A sweet strike.
    • 40' McGeady and Kilbane combine again. O'Shea tries to feed Keane...it comes back out to Lawrence...
    • 38' Whelan fouls Martinez in the box. He must be careful.
    • 37' McGeady leads another attack...it finds Keane and trickles back to the keeper who slices it out.
    • 36' McGeady and Kilbane combine on the left and force a throw...back with St Ledger...back to Given.
    • 35' Ireland are back on the ball and look re-focused. Doyle fouls Silva on the edge of the Andorra box.
    • 33' Lawrence with the free-kick..from the right near the penalty area...played back to Whelan on the edge of the area but it's blocked.
    • 33' CAUTION: Lima of Andorra for deliberate handball
    • 31' CAUTION: Silva of Andorra for dissent.
    • 30' GREAT CHANCE FOR IRELAND!! Keane makes a chance out of nothing but it runs away from him at the edge of the area. It falls to Lawrence who finds himself eight yards out with just the keeper to beat but Anton Gomez manages to smuggle the shot wide. Should have scored.
    • 27' Ireland are looking solid - as they should. If they can nick another before half-time it will satisfy the crowd who are beginning to become restless.
    • 26' O'Shea catches Moreno and goes down as if he's had his leg broken. He hasn't. Bernaus to take the free-kick but Martinez concedes the foul.
    • 25' Andorra have the ball again but Lawrence steps in. Ayala wisn it back...to Gomez...but they run out of steam....yet Ireland give it away. Very untidy.
    • 24' Pujol is back on. He had a problem with his neck.
    • 23' Andorra geta free-kick out on the left after a foul by O'Shea...Bernaus takes it and thumps it straight behind for a goal kick...which finds Keane...McGeady...into Keane again but he's offside. The replay suggests he was on.
    • 22' Pujol is being stretchered off.
    • 20' Andorra have a man down. Pujol is holding the side of his head. It would appear to be from a challenge with Paul Green. It's not even handbags.
    • 19' Doyle and Lawrence try to combine on the right but sheer numbers deny them. Andorra look like a side that are ready to be ripped apart. Can Ireland be that ruthless?
    • 18' Kevin Kilbane has now scored in all three of the Republic of Ireland’s international matches against Andorra. Thank you OptaJoe
    • 17' Ireland look a different side now. McGeady tries to run through the Andorra defence. If McGeady could pass to a team-mate he could be a world beater.
    • 15' And it's nearly two!! Lawrence crosses from the right and the keeper again challenges Doyle with the header. Dodgy....and the other end Moreno chances his arm from 35 yards and Given palms it behind.
    • 14' GOAL FOR IRELAND!!! Liam Lawrence flights in a brilliant corner to the near post where Kevin Kilbane rises to guide home a header into the far corner. Great start.
    • 12' Whelan to McGeady...his shot is blocked. Keane retrieves it. Kilbane crosses and Doyle is up with the keeper but he punches clear....back to McGeady who delivers this time after a mazy run. He picks out Keane but his shot is deflected behind for a corner...
    • 11' A good start from the Irish but Andorra are no slouches despite the form book. If Ireland can score it will change the game. Dunne tries to pick out Keane but it's cut-out quite easily.
    • 10' Lawrence is dispossessed but he wins it back. Paul Green wide to McGeady...he cuts inside and shoots and it's well wide of the near post. His final ball needs to be far, far better.
    • 8' The Irish gameplan is pretty clear. Feed Liam Lawrence and Aidan McGeady at every chance. Andorra appear ready for it but the quality the Irish possess should show through. Should.
    • 6' The opportunities look to be wide for the Irish. McGeady and Doyle can really put a shift in here and open Andorra up. O'Shea plays it into Keane just inside the box. He turns and scuffs a shot towards goal which is easily saved.
    • 5' First touch for Shay Given is a thump downfield from Dunne's backpass. McGeady gets some space on the left but runs it out for a goal kick. Wasted.
    • 4' Doyle tries to get down the right but is forced out for a throw. Lawrence then concedes the free-kick.
    • 3' Ireland look a tad rushed and Andorra have a bit of possession.
    • 2' Group B update - Macedonia are now level with Armenia: it's 1-1 after 42 minutes. Group B table
    • 1' Early ball forward from Kilbane. Keane gets it out wide on the right. Turns two and is then fouled. Free-kick...Lawrence to take it...it's cleared but Andorra look shaky.
    • 1' We're off and underway...
    • 19.44 Group B update: Armenia lead 1-0 in Macedonia after 40 minutes. Group B table
    • 19.42 We're nearly ready to go. Just the handshakes between the two teams to go before battle can commence. And if you're interested in the weather. It's not that bad actually.
    • 19.40 The two captains are now going to read something out from UEFA about respect in football. Predictably, the microphones don't work so Robbie Keane is left looking a little silly. Onto the anthems then?
    • 19.38 The only real worry for Ireland tonight could be Glenn Whelan. The midfielder is one caution away from suspension. If he picked it up this evening then he would miss the home game against Russia.
    • 19.36 Both sides walk out to a rather subdued noise. If the Irish can stay patient and focused they must surely make it six points from a possible six.
    • 19.35 Former Irish boss Steve Staunton says: "We have to score in the first 15 minutes otherwise the crowd could make themselves heard." Let's hope we hear the crowd but for all the right reasons.
    • 19.34 Lots of high-fiving from the Andorran team. Ireland must surely get the win this evening in what is the first competitive match at the brand new Aviva Stadium.
    • 19.28 Irish fans should take heart from this stat if nothing else - Andorra have lost 25 successive international matches and have never won an away game. Thank you OptaJoe
    • 19.18 Elsewhere in the Republic's qualifying group B Slovakia now top the pile with two wins out of two after beating the much-fancied Russians 1-0 in their own backyard.
    • -- Referee: Leontios Trattou (Cyprus)
    • 18.55 Rep of Ireland: Given, O'Shea, St, Ledger, Dunne, Kilbane, Lawrence, Whelan, Green, McGeady, Doyle, Keane Subs: Westwood, Fahey, Kelly, Gibson, Cunningham, Keogh, Long /// Andorra: Josep Anton Gomez, Bernaus, Christian Martinez, Lima, Pujol, Escura, Sebastia Gomez, Ayala, Vieira, Moreno, Silva Subs: Pol, Rubio, Sonejee, Jimenez, Andorra, Mejias, Lorenzo
    • -- Team news to follow...
    • -- The Irish will start with the same team that won thanks to Keith Fahey's goal so Aiden McGeady keeps his place in midfield. Irish unchanged
    • -- Giovanni Trapattoni's side got their qualification campaign for Poland and the Ukraine off to a perfect start after Friday's 1-0 win over Armenia
    • -- Welcome to live online commentary of the Republic of Ireland's must-win game against the minnows of Andorra at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
  • Summary

    • 87' Bernaus, Gomez, Martinez. Good stuff from Andorra but it's broken up by Green. Kilbane raids forward, feeds McGeady who picks out Keogh but he takes a touch and is crowded out.
    • 78' CHANCE FOR IRELAND!! Doyle lashes one across the face of goal but Sean St Ledger can't get on the end of it. Pity.
    • 54' GOAL FOR IRELAND!!! Lovely goal from Robbie Keane. Great link-up play from McGeady, Lawrence and Doyle with McGeady playing Keane in and the Spurs striker lifted the ball over the onrushing keeper into the net.
    • 44' GOAL FOR ANDORRA!!! Lovely goal from Christian Martinez. A long ball forward is headed down by the Irish defence and Martinez hits it on the half-volley from 20 yards and sends it into the top corner with Given well beaten. Game on.
    • 41' GOAL FOR IRELAND!!!! What a strike from Kevin Doyle!!! The forward wins the ball back from Bernaus on the corner of the box. Gets it out of his feet then sends a left-footed swerving effort into the top right-hand corner. A sweet strike.
    • 30' GREAT CHANCE FOR IRELAND!! Keane makes a chance out of nothing but it runs away from him at the edge of the area. It falls to Lawrence who finds himself eight yards out with just the keeper to beat but Anton Gomez manages to smuggle the shot wide. Should have scored.
    • 14' GOAL FOR IRELAND!!! Liam Lawrence flights in a brilliant corner to the near post where Kevin Kilbane rises to guide home a header into the far corner. Great start.
    • 18.55 Rep of Ireland: Given, O'Shea, St, Ledger, Dunne, Kilbane, Lawrence, Whelan, Green, McGeady, Doyle, Keane Subs: Westwood, Fahey, Kelly, Gibson, Cunningham, Keogh, Long /// Andorra: Josep Anton Gomez, Bernaus, Christian Martinez, Lima, Pujol, Escura, Sebastia Gomez, Ayala, Vieira, Moreno, Silva Subs: Pol, Rubio, Sonejee, Jimenez, Andorra, Mejias, Lorenzo

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